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Re: New Dodger

Good call...What a nice way to put it. I am going to reuse the previous frame so that will limit my choices. I don't think that the previous one was too out of proportion. I am also somewhat vertically challenged so I don't need anything too high either. It does block the view somewhat no matter what the size (and my height) but I hope the protection will be worth it. Most sailboats in the PNW seem to have them.
I'm glad that you brought that comment to my attention.
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That was the challenge with ours.. we have a large, high bridgedeck and the overall height vs the ability to get in and out easily was quite a challenge. The large radius bows as opposed to more typical squarish corners helps lower the 'visual' height and size of the dodger overall.
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You obviously did a really good job executing yours to meet your needs. To have it designed specially for your boat - was it within the realm of human affordability?

I have already installed a furler, had a genoa reconstructed, had the bottom professionally painted and a few other things. This will be my last project for this year. I really felt the pressure to get a lot of this done because she is going to be docked up in an area with very few services close by. It seemed like a good idea to go ahead, bite the bullet and git'r done.

I probably need to be careful though. Can you over improve a boat for her value the way you can over improve a house for the neighbourhood? She is 35 years old, but beautiful to my eyes at least. That boat as a hole in the water thing... I just need to make sure the hole isn't too big!!!
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Re: New Dodger

If you've got more money into the boat than it's worth, it just means you exactly like 99.9% if the rest of us on this board - so welcome to the club!!

FYI ours was just over $3K, starting from no dodger at all. Pricey but there you are....
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Re: New Dodger

Thanks Faster

I always wanted to be part of a club!! That did make me feel better though.

It sounds like you got a pretty good deal on your dodger. That is about the same range for me and that's using the existing frame and they have the old dodger for reference. I think you did well.

I will try to incorporate some of the suggestions that were offered. Thanks to everyone who took the time to respond.
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Re: New Dodger

Got any pics of the new dodger?
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Re: New Dodger

A simple boom tent over the new dodger will add years to it's life .
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A simple boom tent over the new dodger will add years to it's life .
Yes, but you need to be careful about tarp/dodger and sail cover contact. The tarp can do a lot of chafe damage to both over a winter they are in constant contact.

Best to remove sail/cover, and ensure tarp is clear of dodger parts. Ideally you'll have a frame for the cover/tarp and there's no contact, but that's getting pretty involved..
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